a place where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation, as a morgue or funeral home
Origin of mortuary; from Late Latin mortuarius, of the dead ; from Classical Latin mortuus, past participle of mori, to die: see mortal
- of or having to do with the burial of the dead
- of or connected with death
A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
- Of or relating to burial practices.
- Relating to or characteristic of death.
Origin of mortuaryMiddle English mortuarie, gift to a parish priest from the estate of the deceased, funeral service, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin mortuarium, receptacle for dead things, neuter of mortuarius, of the dead, from mortuus, dead, past participle of mor&imacron;, to die; see mer- in Indo-European roots.